It Gets Better (in the archives)

Oh, Derangers. Have you heard about these kids who are killing themselves because they can’t take being bullied anymore?

I am less far-removed from high school than most of you. And I get it.

Series and subseries of thanks to Ms. Sherman, who let me eat lunch in the art room when the cafeteria felt unsafe (and who did try to teach me how to draw. So not your fault I never learned!).

Photo credits:

Panel 1: Nationaal Archief

Panel 3: Anne G

Panel 4: Taber Andrew Bain

Panel 5: The U.S. National Archives

Panel 6: Colin Purrington

Panel 7: Nelson Pavlosky

Panel 8: Studio 34

Panel 10: see the original comic

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31 Responses to “It Gets Better (in the archives)”

  1. terryx Says:

    You are awesome. Just saying.

  2. Mark Matienzo Says:

    Bravo. Thank you so much for posting this.

  3. Janet Carleton Says:

    Amazing. And good. Love it.

  4. Lori Lindberg Says:

    Beautiful, Rebecca, and so meaningful. Please make sure Dan Savage sees this.


  5. retroinfo Says:

    Truly amazing, beautiful, and well done.

  6. E Says:


  7. Tanya Zanish-Belcher Says:

    Thank you.

  8. Jim Says:

    Beautiful. Moving. Sweet. Thanks.

  9. Bruce Ashkenas Says:

    Good job from an old archivist.

  10. khb2 Says:

    Simply brilliant. Thank you.

  11. Elizabeth Says:

    I love this.

  12. Bonnie Says:

    Brilliant and beautiful. Thank you so much.

  13. Rob Says:

    It’s an honor to share that home in the archives with someone as courageous as you.

  14. meredithclowe Says:

    This is absolutely lovely.

  15. Jill James Says:

    Just beautiful.

  16. Mary Manning Says:

    I love it.

  17. Deb Schiff Says:

    Thanks for posting this piece. It was great to experience it today.

  18. Anna Says:

    I like it a lot. You do a wonderful job of making our profession relevant and you bear powerful witness to the It-gets-better-process. Thanks!

  19. Deb Torres Says:

    Thanks for posting this, Rebecca!

  20. Mark Melchior Says:

    Thank you.

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  22. Marie Says:

    Thank you for this. I really liked “…no individual can be understood out of context and no single item defines a person.” Very beautiful. Thank you for your blog posts.

  23. caitlin m Says:

    This is so moving and eloquently written. Thank you!

    -a new archivist!

  24. maureen Says:

    Well done, rebecca! This is so lovely and hopeful. We need more like you.

  25. Alison Harvey Says:

    Lovely. Thank you!

  26. Liz Says:

    I’d hug you through the computer if I could! Maybe at MARAC. I’ll introduce myself first… so it’s not weird.

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